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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: 635 (Boys) 425 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 13 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1853

General Information

Wellington College is one of the outstanding all-round co-educational schools in Britain for boarding and day pupils. The College’s ethos is education of the whole child, engendering confidence, skills, an international outlook and the right attitudes to work, service and society that will set them apart as adults and help them succeed in their careers. The College’s experienced, high-quality teaching and pastoral staff are there to help each pupil be happy and fulfilled and achieve the very best for themselves in their academic work, in the Arts and in sport.


Chapel, concert room, Music School, Shabby Road Recording Studio, Music Library, concert hall, wind and brass centre. First class drama and arts facilities, including a theatre. All pupils are encouraged to participate in sports wherever they have an interest. Canoeing, basketball, fencing, polo and golf add to the range and allow the College to offer a breadth of sporting interest beyond the traditional games of rugby, cricket, hockey, football, rackets and athletics. Wellington has its own modern 9-hole golf course. There is a modern sports centre, two Astroturf pitches and a rackets court. Many trips and excursions are undertaken, both at home and abroad.

Entrance Requirements

Scholarships, Common Entrance Examination or by special examination


Many scholarships available, please contact the Admissions Office for full details.

Open Days

2020. Sat. 25th April, Sat. 6th June (13+ 2023 & Late Admissions Route 1 13+ 2022 Entry) and Sat. 19th September (16+ 2021 Only).

For families who are unable to attend our Visitors Days we offer Master’s Receptions, which are smaller events for 25 to 30 families. These are organised on Saturday mornings and Tuesday afternoons. After an address by the Master and Director of Admissions, an informal Q&A is followed by a tour of the campus. Senior staff and pupils are on hand to help answer questions. For more details about availability or booking, please contact the Admissions Office on 01344 444 013 or admissions@wellingtoncollege.org.uk.

Please visit our website to register or contact the Admissions Office for details.


2019/2020. Boarding Fees: £13,860 per term. Day Fees (in boarding house): £11,630 per term. Day Fees: £10,125 per term.


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School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr J E L Dahl, MA

Contact for enquiries: Mr E B R Venables, Director of Admissions

Wellington College
Duke's Ride
RG45 7PU

[t]: 01344 444 013
[w]: www.wellingtoncollege.org.uk

Location Description

An attractive 400 acre woodland estate in Crowthorne.

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School News

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2019 was an extraordinary year for Wellington gymnast, Jasper S-G who in April competed in his first international for Great

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Britain in the 24th Junior Team Cup in Berlin. As well as contributing to the Under 18 team’s overall success, Jasper won an individual Bronze in the Vault. This achievement led to more international experience and eventual selection for the inaugural Junior World Championships, in Gyor, Hungary. On the final day of the championships he once more competed in the Individual Vault, his stunning score of 14.183 again securing Bronze.

Consistently good performances throughout the year in all disciplines, but especially on Floor, Pommels and Vault ensured selection for the Great Britain Under 18 National Squad, where he trains each month with the nation’s top gymnasts in preparation for this year’s European Championships, the biggest competition for his age group.

We are all excited to see where gymnastics takes Jasper next, and congratulate him on his astonishing achievements, which are all the more remarkable when considering his outstanding set of GCSE results and the great start he has made to his A-Level studies!

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The first day of the Christmas holidays was one of celebration for Wellington on finals day of the National Schools Rackets Championships at

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The Queen’s Club. Over recent years the girls’ doubles tournaments have run alongside the long-established boys’ singles in the final week of the Michaelmas Term. In the junior (under 16) division Cesca S and Sophia G had a match point to beat Cheltenham 3-0, but failed to win that point and shortly afterwards found themselves at 2-2. However, they held their nerve and eventually won the fifth game 15-11. The senior final followed, with Issie T and Lauren G defending the title they narrowly won last year. This year they showed themselves to have reached an even higher level, and convincingly beat a very competitive Cheltenham pair 3-0. The final event of the day was the Foster Cup, the senior boys’ singles championship, and one of the oldest titles in the sport. Freddie B was appearing in his second consecutive final, and this year made no mistake with an authoritative display against a strong Etonian opponent bringing a convincing and impressive 3-0 win in dramatically quick time. Winning three trophies in one day represents remarkable, possibly unprecedented success, reflecting the dedication and determination of all five players and indeed Wellington’s outstanding professional Ryan Tulley.

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This month marks 40 years since the first girls entered the Wellington College Combined Cadet Force, in September 1979.


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marked 40 years since the first girls entered the Wellington College Combined Cadet Force, in 1979. At that stage they were only permitted to join the Royal Naval section, as it was felt that this was “better able to accept them and to provide training in which they were interested”. Today, all sections of the CCF are open to girls and, this year, the senior cadets in the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force sections are all female. Emily G, who has recently been awarded an Army Scholarship, will head up the Army section; Molly S takes on the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force section is in the capable hands of Natasha M.

At Wellington, we are fortunate to have a flourishing CCF and much depends on the dedication of our staff, who are brilliantly led by Contingent Commander Ian Frayne. Many members of the teaching staff are involved on Wednesday afternoons and some, like Maths teacher Clare Edwards, go above and beyond.

Clare is a Senior Officer in the RAF section at Wellington, but she is also heavily involved in the Air Cadet Organisation (ACO) outside College. As a volunteer on the Air Cadet Leadership Course, held at RAF College Cranwell, Lincolnshire, Clare guides cadets towards their Gold Award, the gold standard leadership badge for cadets. She also volunteers at the South East Area Cadre, held at RAF Henlow, where she trains cadets for the bronze and silver leadership awards. So significant is Clare’s involvement in the ACO that she has recently been asked to take part in a marketing campaign for the RAF section, the aim of which is to encourage more adult volunteers into the Combined Cadet Force.

Clare commented: “Wellington’s core values are Respect, Integrity, Courage, Responsibility and Kindness, and these of course overlap the RAF’s own values of Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence. As my father had been an officer in the RAF it was a natural choice for me to join the RAF, and I can honestly say it has been the best decision I have ever made”.

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Thanks to the dedication of Delyth Lynch, Deputy Head (Safeguarding) and Head of Running, along with her team of running enthusiasts, the College

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has been recognised as a #RunAndTalk organisation.

Wellington College has a proud history of cross-country running, stretching back to the 1860s; in more recent years, the College has acquired a name for Wellbeing, being one of the first schools in the UK to pioneer the teaching of Wellbeing as part of the curriculum. This year, these two traditions will combine. Thanks to the dedication of Delyth Lynch, Deputy Head (Safeguarding) and Head of Running, along with her team of running enthusiasts, the College has been recognised as a #RunAndTalk organisation.

#RunAndTalk is an England Athletics initiative supported by Mind, the mental health charity. The idea is to improve mental health through running by getting people talking, sharing their experiences and removing stigma. The #RunAndTalk programme will be a great addition to Wellington’s Wellbeing programme: staff and students will have the opportunity to be trained as Mental Health Ambassadors and Mental Health Champions, providing additional support and guidance to raise awareness of mental health issues. Delyth Lynch and Sarah MacKenzie (HM Combermere and a member of the running club) have recently trained as Mental Health First Aiders and Delyth, Sam Gutteridge and George Wells have completed their courses in Mental Wellbeing in Sport.

#RunAndTalk is the latest in a long line of running initiatives at Wellington and will join such traditions as the annual Kingsleys races, in which more than 1000 enthusiastic students and staff weave their way through Wellington’s 410-acre site, a 5K challenge that culminates in a plunge through Swan Lake. The Boughey Run, a more recent but nevertheless a much cherished tradition, sees 18 gutsy individuals, one from each House, attempt to run from Front Quad to Swan Lake and back in the time taken for the clock to chime twelve (a near-impossible feat, but contested in true Wellington style). This term kicked off with The Welling10K, another annual event, in which pupils, OWs, staff, parents, and members of the wider Wellington Community run to raise bursary funds in memory of a much-loved member of staff, Jimmy Higham. Other events, such as the Waterloo half-marathon and the Pink Pavilion Dash, mean that running remains at the heart of the Wellington experience. This year two way-marked running courses will be set out in the College grounds to encourage students to run as part of their wellbeing and in the Summer Term, the College also hopes to host its very own ‘Park Run’ equivalent for the students, staff and parents.

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On 20th and 21st June, the educational world descended on Wellington College for the 10th Festival of Education. Record ticket sales, a stellar line-up, and

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a footfall approaching 7000, made this a birthday to remember.

On Thursday, the G.W. Annenberg, home to the festival main stage for the first time, saw a diverse line-up of speakers, from hip-hop artist and social entrepreneur, Akala, to Baroness Estelle Morris and Lord David Blunkett. Day two saw Gyles Brandreth tapping into a Wellington favourite with his talk on ‘Making “Wellbeing” Happen’. Elsewhere, classrooms, tents and lecture halls hosted seminars on everything from curriculum innovation to cultural mobility. As always, there was something for everyone. As the festival tagline neatly puts it, ‘EdFest’ is the place “where those who inspire find their own inspiration”.

Julian Thomas, as he opened the 10th Festival of Education, said: “At this time of year, at this event, my belief and excitement in education receives its annual booster shot. I see, hear and meet people from all sectors, age ranges, countries and schools coming together with a single common purpose in mind: to make things better; to serve and educate the children of this country, for the future of this country, as well and as effectively as we possibly can. At this time of year all barriers come down. What really excites me is the sense of collaboration, the way in which we work together to create a better system for all. We don’t protect our patch. We give and receive. We listen and we learn from each other”.

Happy birthday, ‘EdFest’!

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Sophie H, an Upper Sixth student at Wellington College, has been awarded one of the most highly selective merit scholarships to university in the United

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Sophie H, an Upper Sixth student at Wellington College, has been awarded one of the most highly selective merit scholarships to university in the United States. The Jefferson Scholars Foundation at the University of Virginia selected Sophie as one of 38 recipients of the Jefferson Scholarship. She will commence her studies in the fall at U.Va.

To be named a Scholar, candidates must undergo a rigorous, highly competitive, multi-stage selection process. This year, over 2,000 students were nominated for the Scholarship, and 118 finalists were invited to take part in a four-day competition at U.Va., which included seminar discussions, essay and mathematics examinations, as well as interviews conducted by U.Va. alumni and faculty.

The 38 selected recipients of the 2019 Jefferson Scholarship boast a number of significant achievements and Sophie is no exception. During her time at Wellington College, Sophie has excelled in the classroom, on the hockey pitch, in musical performance, and as a leader in the community both at the College and through her extensive volunteer work.

In addition to receiving the full cost of attending the University for four years, Jefferson Scholars benefit from a number of enrichment programmes sponsored by the Foundation, including travel abroad, career networking activities, an outdoor challenge program, and a leadership speaker series.

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At the start of Lent Term, Wellington hosted the Real Tennis National Schools Girls Championship.

At the start of Lent Term, Wellington hosted the Real Tennis

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National Schools Girls Championship.

Cesca Sweet dominated the competition from start to finish and emerged with an incredible four national titles to her name. In the Under 15 competition, she took the Singles title, winning 6-2 in the final against a player from Oaklands. She then joined forces with Honor Hue-Williams and, together, they triumphed in the Doubles final.

In the Under 19 Doubles competition, Cesca teamed up with Honor Cockroft and the pair were victorious in an all-Wellington final against Arabella Spraggs and Daisy Bristowe. Cesca finished the day with a ‘nail-biting’ Singles final against the defending champion from Cheltenham Ladies’ College. Showing great determination and tenacity, Cesca won the match 8-7, taking her trophy-tally to four.

This was a great day for the Wellington Real Tennis players and an outstanding achievement for Cesca, winning all four national titles – a feat that is unlikely to be equalled for many years to come.

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Wellington students and staff celebrate the 160th anniversary of the College.

20th January 2019 marked the 160th anniversary of Wellington College. This week, we have celebrated

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with a series of readings, a rousing rendition of the school song, and a foray into the archives to explore Wellington through the decades.

Students and staff have reflected on how much the College has changed since it welcomed its first pupils on 20th January1859, and on how much remains the same. Speaking at the official inauguration, nine days after the College opened its doors to pupils, Queen Victoria exhorted the first Wellingtonians to work and live with ‘steady industry and honourable conduct’ and in ‘their behaviour to each other’ to ‘earn a character for the College worthy of the name it bears’. 160 years on, Wellington’s staff and students continue to live by these words and remain true to the College values of Kindness, Respect, Courage, Integrity and Responsibility, all of which have their origins in the words uttered by Queen Victoria 160 years ago.

During assembly on Monday, Julian Thomas asked students to imagine what it would have been like arriving at Wellington as one of the first Foundationers in1859. We heard an extract from Augustus Hornsby’s ‘Recollections’, written 60 years after Wellington ‘first became alma mater to a ragtag and bobtail of boys of various ages from all corners of the dominions’. Hornsby described arriving via a ‘little station’ and travelling ‘three quarters of a mile across the dreary sodden moor’ – for, while the buildings were as magnificent then as they are now, the surrounding landscape took time to grow into its present-day splendour.

Recalling his first meeting in Great School, Hornsby describes how each Foundationer answered to their name and ‘became the first fruits of that nurturing mother whose boys have since borne themselves all over the world, even to the uttermost parts’.

160 years on, Wellington College is a ‘nurturing mother’ to both girls and boys and we are proud to be part of a family of schools that extends ‘all over the world’. We know that Wellingtonians in our schools in China and Thailand and the students at Eagle House and at our academies in Wiltshire, will share in our birthday celebrations this week.

Happy Birthday, Wellington!

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Wellington College 1st XV took on Epsom College in the U18 Schools Champions Trophy final at Allianz Park.

This is the RFU’s top competition for schools

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at Under-18 level and it was an incredible achievement for Wellington to make this showpiece final. In order to get to this stage, the team had won multiple battles against strong schools. These included an excellent game versus RGS Guildford at home, a hard fought away win against a talented Berkhamsted side, and a semi-final against Bristol Grammar on their home turf. The final itself was befitting of the occasion, the two teams matching each other physically and all players putting their bodies on the line in pursuit of a national title. When the final whistle came, the Wellington squad were jubilant. Rightly so, they had given everything in a superb advert for schoolboy rugby. Huge credit must go to Epsom as they too played superbly. It takes two teams to make a final of such quality. Special mention is due also to the supporters who were on brilliant form all day and showed impressive College spirit. It was an incredible day which will live long in the memory of all there.

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Wellington College has been recognised as a global leader in successful integration of technology with teaching and learning.

Wellington was selected by Microsoft as a 2018-2019

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Microsoft Showcase School and joins an exclusive community from around the world, recognised and celebrated for educational transformation, which includes vision and innovation in teaching, learning and assessment; computational and critical thinking; creativity and collaboration; and a willingness to promote a growth mindset among educators and students. “Being selected as a Microsoft Showcase School is a fantastic recognition for all the work that staff and students have put in to embedding digital learning at Wellington”, said Dr Jules O’Loughlin, Director of Digital Learning at Wellington. “We look forward to sharing our experiences with other schools in the Wellington Family and the wider community to continue to find innovative ways to equip our students with the proper tools needed for success inside and outside of the classroom.” As a Showcase School, Wellington will work closely with Microsoft to lead innovation in education transformation through our commitment to host and mentor other schools in the local community and around the globe. “Microsoft Showcase Schools are shining examples of those applying purpose-driven innovation in a variety of ways to build connection, motivate students and to create community in and out of school,” said Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Worldwide Education, Microsoft. “These schools are truly transforming learning and providing more personalised education to students, empowering them to achieve more.” Showcase Schools will realise many benefits, including the ability to communicate directly with one another, participation in an exclusive online global community, and the opportunity to host and attend both online and in person educational thought leader events.

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The UK Youth Parliament is made up of around 300 young people from across the country and Wellington College is fortunate to have one of

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its most proactive members among its student body.

Khadeejah Hullemuth is fast-becoming the voice of Youth Politics. She recently delivered the First News Children’s Charter for Brexit to Downing Street and, last week, she was back in Westminster to interview Jeremy Corbyn. Khadeejah questioned the Labour Leader on a range of issues, from the likelihood of him becoming Prime Minister, to lowering the voting age to 16. Khadeejah’s political CV speaks for itself: as a Youth Councillor, she ran an anti-bullying campaign involving all the schools in her borough; as a member of the Surrey Youth Cabinet, she worked closely with the County Council Cabinet, before stepping up to the Youth Parliament; after two years as an MYP, she took on a new role as part of the procedures group which oversees the South-East of England, a role which, as Khadeejah admits, comes with considerable responsibility: ‘I am in charge of all those boroughs, all of their Youth Councils, all the youth work that goes on there.’ Speaking about her route into Youth Politics, Khadeejah commented, ‘Initially for me it wasn’t so much about Politics, it was more about making a change and making a difference, and so I got involved in local Youth Council and, from there, I heard about the Surrey Cabinet, and then the Youth Parliament and through separate opportunities, met amazing people and realised that, actually, politics is quite cool.’ ‘For me, it’s also about representation, because Muslim women tend to be a group that isn’t so represented: this is an issue quite close to me and representation is so important. I try to consider other people that perhaps aren’t so well represented – so, young carers, and people who live independently at 16 because they are homeless or don’t live with their parents – I try and get them involved.’ What’s next for Khadeejah? She is working with First News to set up a junior Prime Minister’s Questions – a new system whereby young people can submit questions to the PM every fortnight. When asked how she manages to juggle school work with the demands of being an MYP, Khadeejah commented, ‘It’s all down to organisation and knowing what you’re doing.’ With such clarity, and such energy, there is no doubt that she will go far in the world of politics, if that is the path she chooses to take.

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It was standing room only in Great School on Monday 12 November, as Wellington welcomed Johnson Beharry VC for the Wellington College Peace and Conflict

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Institute’s Remembrance lecture.

Johnson Beharry started by saying, ‘I’m going to tell you my life story’, and for the next 45 minutes, that’s what he did, holding his audience in rapt attention by sharing his experiences of soldiering with the Princess of Wales’s Regiment in places whose names most of us have only heard on the news: Kosovo, Northern Ireland and Iraq. Iraq is where he won the Victoria Cross, in 2004; his Citation states that he ‘carried out two individual acts of great heroism by which he saved the lives of his comrades. Both were in direct face of the enemy, under intense fire, at great personal risk to himself’. Although he prefaced the account of his time in Iraq by saying that he couldn’t remember much about it because of head injuries sustained during his action, which left him in a coma and ended his tour of duty, he brought the story alive with details such as opening the armoured hatch cover of his Warrior tank – ‘about the size of a lap-top lid’ – to see where he was going after his periscope turret was destroyed, and having it snatched out of his hand by an incoming rocket-propelled grenade. Johnson also spoke frankly and movingly about the high physical and emotional cost of his service. As well as the physical difficulties of a serious head injury, he also suffered from PTSD, but it was clear he considered that to be all part of the job. When one of his awestruck audience asked what he thought had made him act so bravely under such terrifying conditions, he said it was ‘just the right thing to do’. Johnson Beharry is one of only 15 men who have been awarded the Victoria Cross since the end of World War Two; it was a tremendous privilege to hear him speak and nobody who heard his story was left in any doubt as to why the VC is so rare, and so prized.

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Students from Wellington College have been working with volunteers from the Vineyard Church in Crowthorne to transform a plot of land into a safe space

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for children.

The GrowBabyGrow project will allow parents to work on the adjacent allotments, providing food for themselves and nourishment for the whole community. The experience has been transformative for all involved. Blake, a Fifth Form student who helped with the physical work of levelling the ground, commented, ‘I have enjoyed the manual labour because, by using my own energy, I have helped to change someone’s life. It is not like signing a form or sending money. By putting the effort in, I feel that I’ve been the person making the change’. A leader at Wokingham Vineyard, who has overseen the project, spoke about the impact the Wellington students have had: ‘I feel it’s really captured their hearts – they have really listened to the needs of some of the local families and have gone away and thought about it. Michaela, one of the family members involved, has a phrase, ‘Less talk, more dig’, and the Wellington students have definitely done that: they have just got on, they have dug over the ground; they have cut up the thorns; they have upcycled the clothes; they have planned, and encouraged, and they have given the different gifts that they possess, using all their skills and resources, and coming together as community to help families that are in desperate need on their doorstep. This project will transform lives’. The students involved in the GrowBabyGrow project were divided into four groups. While some worked to level the ground or to remove thorns and debris, others up-cycled clothes to create rugs and canopies for babies. Meanwhile, a Media team, recorded the process. Here is their story, in their own words: ‘A Safer and More Inclusive Space for All’ – the GrowBabyGrow Project, told by the Wellington Media Team.

The GrowBabyGrow Project was an offshoot of the Vineyard Church charity’s GrowBaby Project, which began in March 2012 and aims to help families in need with baby supplies, such as clothes or nappies. The actual GrowBabyGrow project is in its second year, with one plot having already been completed and the other for us to help with, and was inspired by the BBC documentary ‘Sister Rita to the Rescue’ (about a nun who ran a foodbank and provided ‘a hand up, not a hand out’ by showing people how to grow their own food). An example of who is benefitting from this project is a young girl called Isla, whose father was killed in a car accident, and who now comes to the allotment daily with her mother to relax and enjoy the outdoors. It also helps the parents educate their children about healthy produce and where it comes from. Our project space began as a derelict and overgrown plot of land which we aimed to convert into a safe and fun space in which young children can play whilst their parents work in the allotment. However, there was an issue regarding the safety of the area which we had to address: we knew that the allotment was very important to the local community as a place of leisure, and in which to learn new skills: gardening and growing vegetables to sustain a healthy diet. One of the pastors at the Vineyard Church described how much such an experience can ‘improve confidence and wellbeing’. We therefore had to make sure their children were visible and secure so that the adults didn’t have to worry about them and could instead make the most of their time working on the allotment. We initially split into four groups: Muscles & Maths, Media, Design & Layout, and Decoration. Each of these groups contributed towards different areas of the project and, over the course of the seven weeks, many improvements to the area have been made. The first week consisted of planning our future amendments to the area, which were overseen by the Design & Layout team, following a visit to the site, where we met the Vineyard Church team and gathered their ideas about transforming the allotment. Weeks two and three consisted of preliminary clearing of the site by moving rubbish and excess debris from the area, carried out by the Muscles & Maths group. Meanwhile, the Media team interviewed the key leadership figures of the Vineyard Church and put together Twitter feeds for Wellington to raise awareness for our project. By weeks four and five, we had sourced the materials to start making the path and improved the fencing, whilst the Decoration team used the new materials to create a safe and colourful shelter for the children. The last two weeks of the project were dedicated to making final touches to the work done so far, ensuring that the initial aims of safety and the needs of the allotment users were met. In future, Vineyard Church have applied for funds for a winter shelter, so they can continue growing throughout the winter months.

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198 Wellington College students sign up to the stem cell register.

Every year, around 2000 people in the UK need a stem cell transplant; earlier this

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month, 198 Sixth Formers at Wellington College took part in a major act of service by adding their names to the Anthony Nolan stem cell register. When Martin Burke, from the Anthony Nolan Trust, spoke to the Sixth Form ahead of the registration, he spoke about heroism: ‘15 Wellingtonians have been awarded the Victoria Cross’, he noted, something that told him a lot ‘about the ethos of the College’. Mr Burke went on to talk about the importance of stem cell donation in saving the lives of people with serious forms of blood cancer. 100 lives have been saved since the Anthony Nolan programme began, with six donors coming from one school – statistics that underlined the point that ‘numbers matter’. The overwhelming response from the Wellington students owes a lot to the drive and determination of Guy Williams, Head of Sixth Form. Mr Williams encouraged students to ‘support each another, congratulate each other, and buy into this as a group’, and that is exactly what they did: 198 names have been added to the register, increasing the chances of a match being found, increasing the likelihood of a life being saved. During a week in which we celebrated acts of kindness and welcomed Johnson Beharry VC for the WCPCI’s Remembrance Lecture, the actions of our Sixth Formers demonstrate the importance of our College values, particularly the values of Courage and Kindness. As Julian Thomas commented in The Master’s Voice, ‘perhaps the real impact is felt when courage and kindness combine’.

Wellington College Independent Berkshire Rwandan High Commissioner Visits Wellington

On Thursday 11th October, Wellington College welcomed Her Excellency Yamina Karitanyi, Rwandan High Commissioner, for the inaugural address of the Wellington College Peace and Conflict

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Institute’s guest lecture series.

‘A diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handles stress extraordinarily well’. On Thursday 11th October, Wellington College welcomed Her Excellency Yamina Karitanyi to Great School for the inaugural address of the Wellington College Peace and Conflict Institute’s guest lecture series. Her Excellency took the stage to the tune of ‘My Rwanda’, by Urban Boyz, the adopted theme tune of WCPCI’s trip in February, Wellington students, parents and staff came to hear Her Excellency speak about how Rwanda rose from the ashes of the 1994 genocide to become one of the most dynamic and healthy growing economies in Africa, and a ‘net exporter of peace’. Using the metaphor of a ‘piece of charcoal that handles stress extraordinarily well’, Her Excellency and gave a compelling account of Rwanda’s incredible turnaround over the past 24 years and explained how this was achieved through home grown solutions in three areas: the formal encouragement of healing and reconciliation between survivors and the ‘genocidaires’ who were often their neighbours through the Gacaca court system; the establishment of a sense of nationwide community through such initiatives as a national monthly ‘litter-pick’; and a road-map towards self-sufficiency through weaning the populace off international aid using such schemes as a country-wide livestock provision programme supported by government funded veterinary services. The lecture concluded with a powerful indictment of the colonial ‘divide and rule’ strategies of the past that contributed to Rwanda’s tragedy. Her Excellency offered a challenge to the adults in the audience with her observation that peace education should be formal and widespread, while her message to the students was to tell them they can not only learn from the mistakes of their forebears, they also have the technological means to both reach out to and look out for each other across geographical, cultural and national boundaries. The proceedings concluded with a lively round of questions and an invitation to a group of Wellingtonians to visit the Rwandan High Commission in London to continue the conversation.

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